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The blog of author Harper Alexander


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Queen of Spades Excerpt

In light of finishing LIfebreath, I’m on to finishing up the next book in the Ace series!.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 1, to kick things off:

(If you’re not familiar with the first two books, some of the lingo might not make too much sense, such as all the ‘fang’ references ;-).)

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I had supposed many times that my bad luck would be the end of me. It’s the only thing that makes sense as an end, really, as far as ends go, for one who’s been ruthlessly hunted by the stuff her whole life. I had only ever had intentions of outrunning it every time it struck, of course, but really – if I was going to meet an end, I would be kidding myself if I ever thought I was going to go out nicely or naturally. (Because really, what was I going to do – keep running right up until one hundred, on my creaky old legs, and then die peacefully in my sleep one night? No, at some point the running itself would kill me.)

But supposing it would always be my bad luck that got me one way or another didn’t prepare me for how I would meet that moment. How I would face it. I had never really known if I would refuse to stop running right up until it actually grabbed me by the heels, or if I would recognize the moment for what it was and stop, and turn, and stare my fate knowingly in its stupid, smug face, and say,

“Hello, you stupid, smug thing – I’ve been waiting.” (And maybe even: “What took you so long?”)

(Or: “What took you so fanged long, you stupid, smug thing?”)

(Or: “What took you and your stupid, fanged face so long, you stupid smug-fanged thing?”)

(Or: “What took you and your fanged, stupid smug-mugged face so long, you stupid fanged mug-thing?”)

Maybe it was the indecision between phrasing that saw me say nothing at all, when the time came. But really, it was probably the fact that my bad luck didn’t catch me at all.

The fact that, what brought it down on me in the end, was me sitting down and waiting for it.

So, that eliminates the first option that I always thought I might take; I didn’t run.

And as it turns out, I didn’t take the second option either. It was always going to be one or the other, when I imagined the End: running or staring my fate in its face; but instead…

Instead I closed my eyes.

I closed my eyes, and didn’t open them again until it was all over.

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Book Trailer! Oh Man!

I’ve been pretty excited about a lot of the progress surrounding Lifebreath lately, but I don’t think any of it comes close to the excitement of MAKING A BOOK TRAILER FOR IT!

It’s really high time I started making book trailers, as I’ve been wanting to do it forever and I do everything else Multi-media related. So I finally decided to just sit down and do it. And I did it!

There is still much to learn in the putting-together-videos department, but I feel like I’ve just tapped into a whole new level of awesomeness. Have a look!

(Lifebreath itself is processing to go live as we speak, so it should be fully processed and available on schedule, which is tonight/tomorrow!)


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Lifebreath Blurb!

Just got the blurb written for Lifebreath! Yay! Tried to keep it short and sweet this time, but as usual short just doesn’t seem to be how it goes for me. But I think it turned out pretty sweet regardless! Check it out!

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Breya has fled her Breathtaker heritage and sworn to give up immortality, but Calecko’s quest to find a way to keep her in the family has led him to a ground-breaking secret sheltered by one of their kin:

There are greater powers that lie dormant in the Imitor Seshy. The spirit of the tide longs to run both in and out of them, rather than being limited to the murderous intake that sucks life from their victims.

There is a way to reverse their nature.

And so Calecko has brought Breya’s dead love – the man she killed – back to life, to free her of a life of guilt and blow her prospects wide open in the process.

What he didn’t account for was the myriad of complications blown wide with Ash being alive again as well.

And there is a foreboding man who wears a shark-tooth necklace loitering around the mansion, manifesting as a shark in Breya’s dreams.

The summery feel of days past is officially over.

There are storms on the horizon.

And blood in the water.


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Editing: Complete!

Lifebreath still 3

It’s official – editing is complete! (I know, that was rather fast. It really helps when you write a careful first draft to begin with. Who knew, ha! It also helps that these aren’t wonderfully lengthy books.)

So! It’s onto formatting, getting the  blurb written, both versions of the cover finished up, and then – THE BIG RELEASE, on September 22nd.

In the meantime, as is becoming habit, enjoy the latest still I put together from the story, above 😀


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Cover Reveal – Bounty, Special Edition

While I get edits underway on Lifebreath, I figured I’d do a cover reveal for the new cover I’m going to use for the special edition of Bounty. I think it turned out beautifully! And I don’t know if I’ve ever captured the essence of a book so perfectly. Maybe I have. but this just fits so well. I don’t know. Honestly, I get so excited anytime I do anything. But I love it!

Bounty special edition new cover ebook